Second Fiery Crash In Six Months Prompts Action By Legislators

At 12:07, last Monday morning, January 20, 2020,  units from Port Penn, Odessa, New Castle County Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Aviation were alerted to a vehicle accident in the 1400 Block of Pole Bridge Road.

When units arrived they found a 2006 Nissan Titan pickup on fire and one subject trapped. The truck had burst into flames after leaving the roadway and crashing into a tree. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire and were able to extricate the driver within minutes.

Monday’s accident took place in the same location where a Townsend woman was killed last summer.  In that crash, on Friday, July 12, 2019, at 8:46 p.m., a 2018 Jaguar F-PACE was traveling eastbound on Pole Bridge Road approaching the intersection of Acorn Drive. At that intersection, the roadway veers slightly to the left. The driver of the vehicle veered off the road and entered the front yard of a residence. While traveling across the lawn, the vehicle struck a posted road sign and traveled over a small tree before the left front of the vehicle struck a standing tree. The vehicle then traveled out of control facing northbound before the passenger side of the vehicle slid into another tree and immediately became engulfed in flames.

After this latest crash, the property owner contacted his local state representative and senator hoping that they would help in slowing people down.

“We are working together to try and make speeders slow down and obey the speed limit”, said the homeowner.  He’s hoping that through enforcement of the speed limit the children and joggers that share the rural road will remain safe.

As of last week, radar/speed signs were installed, however, the curve signs are still down and the eastbound radar sign is malfunctioning, according to the homeowner.  DelDOT is set to meet with his state representative next week to discuss the issue.

The condition of the patient that was injured on Monday is not known at this time.

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